The Ruckelshaus Institute is a division of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at UW.
The Haub School gives people the skills and tools they need to build lasting, inclusive solutions to our most complex natural resource challenges.
Through the Energy Mitigation Research and Outreach Initiative the Ruckelshaus Institute gathers and synthesizes information on mitigation practices intended to ameliorate the consequences of landscape-scale energy development to wildlife populations.
Based on information from federal, state, non-profit, and industry partners, we are working to improve understanding of wildlife mitigation options, successes, and challenges.
(a) Making efforts to avoid impacts,
(b) Minimizing remaining impacts, and
(c) Compensating for unavoidable impacts.
This definition represents a hierarchy of activities: first seek to avoid and minimize impacts and then compensate for impacts that do occur.
While mitigation can address impacts to air quality, cultural and visual resources, livestock, and recreation, and can address effects from a number of human impacts, the Mitigation Initiative focuses specifically on mitigating impacts to wildlife from energy development.
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This publication contextualizes payment for ecosystem service markets and explains mitigation banking, conservation banking, and habitat exchanges and how these markets might work in Wyoming.
Kristi Hansen, Anne Jakle, and Mary Hogarty (2013)
This publication draws from scientific, working, and statutory knowledge to provide a survey of current wildlife mitigation practices for wind energy projects—both in Wyoming and outside the state. It also explores what might be next for wildlife mitigation and wind as development moves increasingly to federal lands.
Anne Jakle (2012)
This primer lays an informational foundation and understanding of terminology for mitigation stakeholders. It outlines the mitigation process (avoidance, minimization, and compensation) and sets the stage for wildlife mitigation triggers and guidelines surrounding natural gas development in Wyoming.
Anne Jakle (2012)
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